Your Resume is Your Story
Your resume is the story of you that you can share with potential employers, friends, and interested acquaintances. In fact, there are many similarities between the way you would write a story, and the way you write a resume; with the resume being like a one to two-page summary of relevant parts of your story.
Your resume is a snapshot; the best picture of you that can be uploaded, handed to a prospective employer, or transformed into a Linkedin profile.
In your resume, you are the hero of the story who sees a problem a company might have, and looks for ways to solve it based on previous experiences. Your accomplishments accumulate and you develop your reputation through:
You build your resume, as you develop your career, filling in empty spaces with projects, patchwork experiences, serving your community, and full-time commitments when available. Create a master resume and keep it up-to-date. You don’t want to find yourself unprepared, not having the experience and documentation you need, when that great opportunity presents itself.
Write your long story first, which is your Master Resume. In your Master Resume, include people, dates, places, tasks, skills, and include results in each experience point.
The purpose of the Master Resume is to collect all of your resume information in one place, so it is readily available, when you need to create your Focused Resume.
Challenge to complete
To prepare for completing your resume and preparing for interviews, write out your accomplishments.
If you have been following the Success Unlimited Job Club Challenges, you have completed Worksheet Pg. 1. If not, you can complete it in the fillable worksheet.
Create or update your resume. Make sure you have a resume that can be easily edited to create a Focused Resume. You can see resume examples and tips at ResumeBuilder.com, but skip the resume builder on these sites. Examples are great, especially for grabbing some wording for specific career fields, but I have not found a resume builder that creates and attractive editable resume––some even charge for the resume after you complete their builder. Use a resume template instead, see resume templates at the bottom of the page.
Keep your resume simple, relevant, concise, and scannable.
Once you have your Master Resume completed, you are ready to fill in page 2 of the Job Search Worksheet with companies you might want to work for, a problem they might want to solve, skills you want to use, and values that match a company of interest.
Your resume is a synopsis of your story. As with your story it is written for your target audience. The better you know your company of interest, what their values are, what they want to be known for, and problems they may want an employee in your position to solve, the better chance you have of getting the job.
Use the Resume Checklist to make sure you have a polished resume. Also, make sure you have a professional email and voice mail, don’t include your address unless you trust the receiver, include your Linkedin link only if you have updated your profile and checked it for professionalism.
You Cover Letter is your opportunity to share in first person accomplishments that aren’t on your resume. You have room to show your personality, how you will fit on their team, and why they want to hire you.
Your cover letter is usually one page. The first paragraph tells how you heard about the position, what you are applying for, and why you want to work at the company. Second paragraph is where you can give examples of your accomplishments that relate to the position, how your values align with the company, and something that shows you are interesting and makes you memorable. In the cover letter and interview avoid topics like sports, religion, or disability unless it is a part of the job.
Nancyjmiller@2020 for Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club
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